Call for Papers

The 5th International Conference on M4D
Maputo, Mozambique, October 21-22, 2016
University Eduardo Mondlane (UEM)

in co-operation with HumanIT, Karlstad University

Welcome to the 5th International Conference on Mobile Communication Technology for Development. This conference series welcomes researchers, practitioners and all those with interests in the use, evaluation, and theorizing of Mobile Communication technologies for Development. Past M4D conferences have combined two days of plenary parallel paper sessions, panel sessions, short presentations, posters and workshops. M4D2016 will in addition to the above, include pre-conference workshops for practitioners, PhD and Masters students and entrepreneurs as well as start-ups interested in show casing their work.

This conference provides a forum for M4D enthusiasts to network, innovate, and share experiences of working with Mobile Technologies in Development contexts. The inaugural conference was held in Karlstad, Sweden in 2008. The 2nd conference was in Kampala, Uganda in 2010, the 3rd Conference was in New Delhi, India in 2012 and the 4th conference was in Dakar Senegal in 2014. We welcome you to Maputo for M4D2016!

How to Participate

M4D2016 welcomes participants from the academia, industry, NGOs, development agencies, and governmental and international organizations.

M4D2016 Conference Theme

Mobile Technologies operate in a date rich environment. In light of this, mobile service providers tailor services towards user communication practices and patterns pushing content and material molded to user interests. Millions of mobile users from the global south engage with social media and other communication platforms, all of which require registration processes of personal data. Data for Development is part of the latest development terminology campaigning for the use of digital data to push the development agenda. On the flip side are the growing concerns for privacy, security and surveillance. With large quantities of personal data located in the digital space, should surveillance and security preclude use of mobile technologies in development?

M4D2016 will take up these discussions along with topics addressing but not restricted to:

For the opportunity to present at the conference, delegates have different options.

Presentation and Acceptance formats for Research papers:

Poster size max. 80x120 cm. Roll-ups are also allowed.

Inclusion of accepted papers/posters/demos/workshops in conference proceedings is conditioned on payment of registration fee prior to registration deadline. Conference proceedings will be published in the Karlstad University Studies Series, as well as on the websites of the University Eduardo Mondlane and the Centre for HumanIT, Karlstad.

The submission template is available here and questions can be sent to

Important Dates:

Paper submission deadline: 30 April 2016 (Extended deadline 15 June 2016)
Acceptance note papers: 10 August 2016
Final papers due and registration deadline for presenting authors: 15 September 2016
Poster/Demo/ workshop submission deadline: 1 September 2016
Acceptance note Posters/Demos/ workshops: 15 September 2016
Registration deadline for participants without presentations: 1 September 2016

Conference delegates should submit their contributions here:

Registration and Fees

Registration will opens in March 2016.

Conference fee will be 200US Dollars with a reduced fee of 150US Dollars for Master and PhD students.

*Participants salaried from a developing country are entitled to a 30% discount (140 US Dollars)

Conference fee includes access to conference venue, presentations, workshops and demonstrations, keynote presentations, one copy of the proceedings, lunches, refreshments and receptions throughout the conference, conference dinner and social events.

Participation Grants

We hope to arrange travel grants for participants from developing countries that will cover registration fee and a maximum of 500€ for flight tickets and accommodation. Please note that this is highly contingent on our fundraising drives. Other costs will not be covered for.

Interested in Reviewing?

Please contact us at and make known areas of interest and level of expertise and how many papers/short papers you are interested in reviewing. Due mention will be made in the proceedings.

Conference Committee

General Chair: Professor Carlos Lucas (UEM. Mozambique)
Local Organizing Chair: Avelino Mondlane (UEM, Mozambique)
Co-chair: Xavier Muianga (UEM, Mozambique)
Co-chair: Constantino Sotomane (Ministry of Science and Technology, Mozambique)
Co-chair: Orlando Zacarias (UEM, Mozambique)
HumanIT Organizing Chair: Caroline Wamala Larsson (HumanIT, Karlstad University, Sweden)